After 2 years of trials on 4G LTE network,Maxis announced that their 4G LTE network working on 2.6Ghz spectrum had put into service from last midnight.
Maxis 4G LTE provides 2-5 times faster speed than current 3G network,speeds up to 75Mbps and typical average speeds of 10Mbps to 30Mbps depending on the conditions.Currently only some parts of Klang Valley in the areas of Cyberjaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara Utama, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bandar Puchong Jaya and Bandar Sunway are covered.Other areas that have partial coverage are SS2, Taman Paramount, Section 17 and 19 in Petaling Jaya, Plaza Damansara, Bandar Kinrara and Taman Wawasan in Puchong.
You can sign up Maxis Wireless Broadband plans of RM88 and above get the LTE modem at only RM400 to enjoy super speeds on the Maxis 4G LTE network.You can check out for more details at Maxis centers in KLCC or Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.Of course,if you have a 4G LTE mobile phone which also supports 2.6Ghz spectrum,you could ride on the fastest mobile wireless network right away.
Now I’m wondering which telco will be the following player on 4G LTE in Malaysia.
I almost forget U Mobile-the first mobile service provider in Malaysia which only provides 3G network and offers 1 second per block of calling charges.Today I find that U Mobile is also introducing its fresh-renovated broadband product:U Broadband,another wireless broadband service based on 3G network.
Compared to DiGi Broadband,the tariffs of U Broadband seems to be much friendly to the customers.However,I have no comment whether it could serve with a good performance just as it indicates.In fact,I heard quite a number of U Mobile users complaining about the bad customer service and coverage.
Today Maxis shows up new decorated wireless broadband plans.Maxis is setting up the wireless plan upon its growing UMTS/HSDPA network and so theoretically the speed for downlink should be around 2-3Mbps when you’re at a good coverage area.The new plans are pricing lower than the previous ones.I think this could be considered as a fight-back to Celcom which also makes 3G data service as a part of value added services.Another mobile service player-DiGi,however,wants to assist 3G data service to be one of its main products.
I had taken a closer look at the table of new plans.It’s cheaper than before,but not attractive to me at all.
The volume of usage is the way that they distinct the different plans.The most deluxe monthly plan is only of 12GB data volume,which is almost the same volume of my daily usage for watching some YouTube HD video clips,playing some online games,visiting some social networking websites and updating my blog etc-definitely not for heavy downloading.I think the plans are only good for those people who need to have broadband access on the move without occurring too many usages.
It seems Streamyx is still the king of Broadband in Malaysia in terms of prices and speeds(RM160 monthly at 4Mbps unlimited access) currently.